JK Rowling statement on Johnny Depp in new Fantastic Beasts - in full

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has released a statement on the choice of casting Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in the upcoming film The Crimes of Grindelwald. The movie is the sequel to popular film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It comes following concerns from fans over physical assault allegations made against Johnny Depp by his ex-wife Amber Heard. JK Rowling is the screenwriter for the upcoming film, which is due for release in November 2018.

Reporter asks Sadiq Khan if Pakistan visit feels ‘like coming home'

A reporter was caught on camera today asking Sadiq Khan “what does it feel like coming home?” as the Mayor of London spoke to media in Pakistan. The Mayor, born in Tooting, south-west London, was meeting local dignitaries in Wagah, on the border with India and Pakistan as part of a trade mission visit. The BBC’s Karl Mercer posed the question on Wednesday as the Mayor crossed into Pakistan from India.

Giant Braeburn apples double their regular size on sale in supermarkets

One of the UK’s largest supermarkets is selling giant Braeburn apples, almost double the average size. Morrisons is selling the giant apples that weigh around 450g each, dwarfing the typical 170g Braeburn. According to the supermarket chain, it’s the biggest apple that they have sold in living memory. According to the supermarket, the size of the apples is down to the cold weather at the beginning of this year.

Council names gritting machines Gritsy Bitsy and David Plowie following public vote - The i newspaper online

Doncaster council has named its two new gritting lorries after a public poll. Over 20,000 people voted online to brand the new machines Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-slip Machiney and David Plowie. The council said it was delighted with the vote. The new names beat suggestions including Spready Mercury, Basil Salty and Grit Van Dyke. Doncaster council already has five gritters which include Brad Grit, Gritney Spears, The Subzero Hero, Mr Plow and Usain Salt.

Trump challenges Hillary Clinton to run again in 2020

President Donald Trump has challenged Hillary Clinton to run again for the 2020 elections. Writing on Twitter, Trump told the former Secretary of State to “give it another try in three years.” Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by over three million votes however Trump won the needed Electoral College. President Trump took to Twitter this morning to brand Hillary Clinton “the worst and biggest loser of all time.” He added: “She just can’t stop, which is so good for the Republican Party. Hi

Body found in search for missing teenager Gaia Pope - The i newspaper online

Police have found a body in the hunt for missing teenager Gaia Pope. Dorset Police found the body on land south of Swanage and are “confident” the remains are the 19-year-old. Gaia has been missing since she vanished from the Swanage area of Dorset on November 7. Police say the discovery was made at around 3pm today by a specialist search team near the costal path where items of her clothing had been located.

President Trump kicks off Asia tour with North Korea top of the agenda - The i newspaper online

President Trump has embarked on his first tour of Asia which will see him take in South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Japan over the next 11 days. Following a stop in Hawaii, he is expected to land in Japan and take part in meetings and activities including a round of golf with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Trump’s trip is the longest tour of Asia by a US president in 25 years.

Major incident declared as vehicle hits pedestrians in South Kensington - The i newspaper online

A major incident has been declared outside the Natural History Museum. It’s been reported that a car mounted a pavement outside the museum on Exhibition Road in South Kensington shortly before 2.20pm today. The Natural History Museum has confirmed the incident and say they are working with the Metropolitan Police. Video footage from the scene shows police guarding a cordon at the scene. While photos show a dented silver car and a man being pinned to the ground outside the museum. The Museum i

Senior Tories defend Theresa May in leaked Whatsapp messages - The i newspaper online

Senior Tories have come to the defence of Theresa May and lashed out at those attempting to oust her. Messages from the Conservative Party’s Whatsapp group have been leaked showing members including Boris Johnson rallying around the Prime Minister. It comes after rumours that Boris Johnson, Andrea Leadsom and Ruth Davidson were forming a team headed by Grant Shapps to remove the PM from her post.

Hurricane Irma advances towards the US coast

Hurricane Irma is battering Cuba and making its advance towards the Florida coast. So far 22 people have been confirmed dead with islands such as the British Virgin Islands, Barbuda and Anguilla all hit hard by the storm. 5.6 million people in Florida are thought to be leaving their homes from the path of the storm. Irma hit Cuba late on Friday with the 135 mph gusts destroying the tools used to measure wind strength. Waves as high as 23 feet were recorded, according to officials.

Pub forced to defend itself after selling pints for £13.40

A pub in London has been forced to defend itself after it was criticised for charging £13.40 for a pint of beer. The Rake in Borough Market was criticised after a photograph of its pricing list was posted online to Twitter. The pub blames the high cost of its Cloudwater North West Double IPA on the distributor Euroboozer on marking up the price of the IPA. The Rake is owned by Utobeer who have since released a statement on the media attention.

Buckingham Palace: Man arrested after attacking police with knife

Counter Terrorism detectives are investigating after a man attacked three police officers with a knife outside Buckingham Palace on Friday evening. The man was arrested at approximately 20.35 hours by officers at the Mall for possessing the weapon, a four-foot-long sword. In a statement, Metropolitan Police said that the man, 26, had driven at the police van and stopped in a restricted area on the Mall. Officers spotted the large bladed weapon in his vehicle and went to arrest him.

Hong Kong marks the 20th anniversary of handover to China

Protestors have taken to the streets of Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover to China from Britain. Both pro-democracy groups and pro-Beijing groups are marching through the city as part of events to mark the handover of the former British colony. It comes as President Xi Jinping warned earlier today that any challenge to China’s power in Hong Kong ‘crosses a red line’. July 1 marks the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China after 156 years of British rule.

George Osborne's son helped campaign for Vince Cable in the run up to General Election

George Osborne’s 16-year-old son helped with the campaign for Sir Vince Cable to become MP for Twickenham for the second time. The former chancellor’s son Luke lent a hand door knocking on election day to help drum up support for Cable who is set to become the new Lib Dem leader. He told PoliticsHome that he received a text from someone during his campaign saying their son would be interested in helping him door knocking in Twickenham.

Jeremy Corbyn hits out at Conservatives for voting against lifting the cap on public sector pay

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has hit out at the Conservatives for voting against lifting the cap on public sector pay. He made the remarks at a rally in Hastings as part of a day of national campaigning by members of the shadow cabinet. The rally was held in Amber Rudd’s constituency which she won by just 346 votes. During Corbyn’s address to the crowd in Hastings he said: “Labour gained seats across the country at the last general election, in every region and every nation of Britain.

Theresa May refuses to rule out income tax rise

Prime Minister Theresa May has refused to rule out an income tax rise despite other ministers vowing that there will not be an increase for those with higher incomes. Both Boris Johnson and Sir Michel Fallon both ruled out tax increases when asked. May also refused to comment on whether National Insurance contributions for self-employed people would increase. Speaking this morning while on the campaign trail in Dewsbury, May said: “Our position on tax has not changed. We have set it out in th
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